Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Running on Empty

Today started for me around 4 a.m. Thunder rumbling and lightning flashing awakened me and I could never quite get back to sleep once things settled down.

I got up around 5 and started getting ready for my day. Sometimes in the midst of a crazy day I will think about how Jesus was never in a hurry or rushing about. He came to do all that the Father had sent Him to do and it wasn't "too much." Jesus was never saying, "Hey, Peter and Andrew, could you pick up the pace? I think we're running a little late." Rather, Jesus, the Savior of the world, would often tarry or even take the long way around to get where He was going.

Remember Lazarus? Jesus and His disciples were hanging out when they get the word that Lazarus is sick. John 11:5-6 says, "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days."

I can just imagine the scene. Friends hurrying here and there to gather food and prepare for the trip to Bethany to see Lazarus. And Jesus says something like, "Yeah, we'll leave in a couple of days. No hurry. In fact, if we get there too soon, we might diminish the glory God wants to reveal. We will get there later. Thanks."

That was Jesus. He was so in touch with His Father that He knew exactly what to do and what not to do. And He trusted His Father with all of it. I believe that my life is supposed to look a lot more like that. I believe this busyness is not what God has for me. God has not given me more than I can do in a day. He doesn't want me spinning plates or filling every role of service at church or even every opportunity for service at home. I cannot do it all and my heavenly Father doesn't call me to do it all. More than likely I am interfering with God's plan and His glory by trying to do it all.

So the big question becomes: What does He want me to do? Just one thing. That's what He told Martha, anyway. She was busy and simply overwhelmed with all that needed to be done. Everyone was coming and they needed a meal. And while she was working in the kitchen, her sister Mary had the nerve to sit at Christ's feet to rest and listen. Martha was getting steamed just thinking about it. (Wow, that has been me so many times!)

Finally, Martha appeals to Jesus. "There are preparations to be made. Can you get my sister to come and help, please?"

Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, you are upset and worried about many things when only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

Yes, the better part, that is what I want. And isn't it cool that the better part can never be taken from me? Jesus will refuse to let anyone step in with their demands and interfere with my relationship with Him. I might get sidetracked, but He never does.

Lord, help me let go of the running, the grasping, the plate spinning and sit at your feet and learn of You for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light.

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